Free Entrance Days in the National Parks! | Kids Out and About DMV

Free Entrance Days in the National Parks!

*The event has already taken place on this date: Thu, 11/11/2021
Come experience the national parks! On five days in 2021, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates in 2021: ***PLEASE CHECK DIRECTLY WITH THE PARK BEFORE HEADING OUT!! Following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local public health authorities, park operations continue to adapt to changing conditions while maintaining public access, particularly outdoor spaces. Though the park buildings you know and love may be closed, outdoor spaces remain a place to explore and have fun with the whole family.

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National parks are America’s best idea, and there are more than 400 parks available to everyone, every day. The fee-free days provide a great opportunity to visit a new place or an old favorite, especially one of the national parks that normally charge an entrance fee. The others are free all the time. The entrance fee waiver for fee-free days does not cover amenity or user fees for activities such as camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours.

COVID-19 Response

Before visiting a park, please check the park website to determine its operating status. Updates about the overall NPS response to COVID-19, including safety information, are posted on Please recreate responsibly.

*Times, dates, and prices of any activity posted to our calendars are subject to change. Please be sure to click through directly to the organization’s website to verify.


National Park Service


1849 C St NW
Washington, DC, 20240
United States


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